Spring into Spring!

As the last of the gloomy winter days pass, it’s a great time of year to get out and about to make the most of the new Spring air. We’ve also got some great ideas for connecting to nature from your sofa!

If you’re looking to blow away the winter cobwebs and get some fresh air and a touch of Spring sun, have a look at our Explore map for over 60 places to go in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you want to see the sea or explore wildlife inland, to let off steam with the kids or prefer a quiet ramble on your own, we hope you’ll find just the place to suit you!

With the Easter holidays comes lots of fun activities for the whole family at some of the country parks and visitor centres around Dorset. Our favourites are:

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You don’t need to be a wildlife expert to notice the colours, smells and sheer energy of Spring as it starts to unfold.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook as we highlight the seasonal wildlife that’s easy to spot on the school run, your journey to work or on the way to the shops.

Wheatear (c) Peter Moore


Spring sees a lot of bird action, with some of the ‘earlybirds’ returning to the UK such as wheatear, chiffchaff, and sandmartin.

The RSPB reserves of Arne (near Wareham), Lodmoor and Radipole Lake (both Weymouth) are great places to head for some full on bird watching. Or enjoy the in-coming birds from your sofa with the live cameras in hides provided by Birds of Poole Harbour.

Spring Book example page

Spring 'Seasons of Stories' book

The longing for spring to arrive is a feeling we can all relate to. Our Stepping into Nature project celebrates the changes occurring in spring with the Seasons of Stories Spring book.

Download the book free from our website for stories, poems and illustrations that capture the shy and understated signs of early spring to an explosion of life, energy and vibrancy in late spring.

Corfe Castle (c) Oscar de Wit

Take the bus, train or bike this Spring

There are fresh options to choose from to get you out into the countryside without needing a car:

More information about visiting Purbeck visit the Purbeck Heaths NNR website

Bluebells at Eype Down (c) David FitzJohn

Late Spring walks

As Spring marches on, for late April and early May we’ve come up with our top 5  walks – explore the woodlands and meadows to enjoy some of the best spring flowers around.